PEI Summer – Gold Cup and Saucer Parade – the spectators

The theme of this year’s parade was the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference which led, three years later, to the Confederation of Canada in 1867.

For the tourists: a reminder of what all the fuss is about this year.

For the tourists: a reminder of what all the fuss is about this year.

Harness racing (with sulkies) is BIG on Prince Edward Island. Every year, there is an “Old Home Week” which features horse racing every afternoon and evening, culminating in the Gold Cup and Saucer race at midnight on Saturday. On Friday morning there is a parade, called the Gold Cup and Saucer parade. It goes rain or shine. This year it rained!

The parade starts in a residential area, near schools where participants can park, form up, change or prepare. I watched from near the start, almost across the street from where I lived for 12 years! It rained for 10 minutes at the start and fairly heavily at the end. It didn’t dampen the spirit of the crowd, though it may have forced some floats or bands to withdraw; the parade seemed shorter than usual at just under an hour.

The flag bearers wore top hats and tails, de rigeur in 1864, covered with plastic rain coats.

The flag bearers wore top hats and tails, de rigeur in 1864, covered with plastic rain coats.

Settling in for the show.

Settling in for the show.

Warmish and dryish.

Warmish and dryish.

During the lull in the rain.

During the lull in the rain.

Elmwood, the Inn whose sign is in the next photo, is one of the nicest places to stay on PEI.

Umbrellas sometimes blocked the view of the parade.

Umbrellas sometimes blocked the view of the parade.

A charming family.

A charming family.

After the parade, packing up and heading home.

After the parade, packing up and heading home.

Future posts: the bands and the floats and the RCMP.

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